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. that's right. another twist in this drama. defense secretary leon panetta ordered a pentagon investigation on monday involving one of the u.s. military's biggest names. general john allen, the man who succeeded david petraeus as head of the international forces in afghanistan, is now linked to the fbi investigation involving his predecessor. >> i want to thank you all so much for being here this morning. >> reporter: secretary of defense leon panetta confirms department of defense is investigating allen, and a senior u.s. defense official says the inquiry centers around potentially inappropriate e-mails with jill kelly, the florida woman who sparked an investigation that led to petraeus's resignation as head of the cia. >> if you know my sister, like i said, she is a dedicated mother and a dedicated wife. >> reporter: kelly first went to the fbi when she received threatening e-mails from an anonymous source. those were allegedly linked to paula broadwell. broadwell was having an affair with petraeus and reportedly believed kelly was a romantic rival for his attention. monday
is already planning to make over the next decade. defense secretary panetta has not minced words about what that would mean. >> if a sequestration is allowed to go into effect it will be a disaster for national defense. >> reporter: according to panetta the new american strategy of pivoting away from the wars in iraq and afghanistan toward the pacific and an emerging chinese superpower would come undone. >> all of that can go to hell if this congress doesn't face up and deal with the issue of sequestration. >> reporter: in this letter to senators panetta warned that by the time sequestration was over the u.s. would have its smallest ground force since 1940, smallest navy since 1915, and smallest air force ever. a bleak prediction which ignores the quantum leap in weapons technology between then and now. as the president pointed out in the debates, no other country comes close. >> we spend more on our military than the next ten countries combined. china, russia, france, the united kingdom, you name it, next ten. >> reporter: sequestration would not change that according to the center for str
is already planning to make over the next decade. defense secretary panetta has not minced words. >> if sequestration goes into effect it's a disaster for national defense. >> reporter: the strategy of pivoting away from the wars in iraq and afghanistan towards the pacific and an emerging chinese superpower would come undone. >> all of that can go to hell if this congress doesn't face up and deal with the issue of sequestration. >> reporter: in this letter to senators panetta warned by the time sequestration was over the u.s. would have the smallest ground force since 1940, smallest navy since 1915 and smallest air force ever. a bleak prediction which ignores the quantum leap in weapons technology. as the president pointed out in the debate no other country comes close. >> we spend more on our military than the next ten countries combined. >> reporter: sequestration would not change that. according to the center for strategic and budgetary assessment it's not the size of the cuts, about $50 billion a year that's damaging but the fact that they would be across the board. panetta a
carrying secretary of defense leon panetta to australia. pentagon spokesman george little told reporters secretary panetta asked the white house to postpone general allen's appointment as supreme allied commander in europe. >> on sunday the federal bureau of investigation referred to the department of defense a matter involving general john allen, commander of the international security assistance force, or i.s.a.f., in afghanistan. >> reporter: the matter involves 20,000 to 30,000 pages of information the f.b.i. delivered sunday to the pentagon's inspector general. one senior official says the documents include a couple of hundred e-mails between general allen and jill kelley, the same tampa socialite who triggered the petraeus scandal. the e-mails discovered in kelley's files date back to 2010 when allen served as deputy commander for u.s. central command in tampa. pentagon and f.b.i. sources have characterized the e-mails as "inappropriate" and "flirtatious." one senior official said, for example, kelley would write something like "saw you on television, you were terrific." allen woul
, michael morell, must step hisard from his post as deputy, first to leon panetta then to petraeus, and take over. john mclaughlin knows what that's like. he did it in 2004. >> once you're sitting in the chair, there's no one sitting >> ond you. tere's no safety net. no the acting director for all ractical purposes is the director for that period of time. >> reporter: can morell, an economist by training, head an organization in the middle of a shooting war? he has been in on the war since it started. as president bush's daily it briefer, he delivered that famous briefing in august of 2001 "bin laden determined to strike in u.s. " he was with the president on 9/11, relaying reports from c.i.a. headquarters. e is an analyst, not an operator. but then, neither was panetta who, during his term as c.i.a. director, headed the most successful operation of all: the hunt for osama bin laden. morell was part of that operation, assigned to come up with arguments why the intelligence that bin laden was hiding in a pakistani compound could be wrong. like the president before, this president knows morell
cia chief david pest pet and general allen widen, leon panetta cautions by jumping to conclusions. >> outbreck investigation. lawmakers question behind the meningitis outbreak. >> officers put their lives on the line to stop a shooting at a sikh temple. >> he shot me in the back of the skull and as silly as it sounds i thought to myself is that not enough? >> he's not leaving this parking lot and he's not getting back inside the church. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, november 14, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. we begin with the unfolding sex scandal that cost the cia director his job and now a top u.s. military commander is tangled in this drama. it has enough twists and subplots to rival a soap opera. paula broadwell warned general john allen that jill kelly was a so ductress. broadwell's emails to kelly triggered the investigation. petraeus and kelly wrote letters on behalf of her twin sister in a custody battle. it's turning into a mess that susan mcginnis is covering for us right now. susan, good morning. >> reporter: good mor
is entitled to due process in this matter. >> reporter: secretary of defense leon panetta has turned it over to investigators. it centers around potentially inappropriate e-mails around jill kelley. >> if you know my sister, like i said, she is a dedicated mother and dedicated wife. >> reporter: kelley went to the fbi when she received threatening e-mails from an anonymous source. they were reportedly from broadwell. monday night fbi investigators searched broadwell's home. agents isn't say -- didn't say what they were looking for but carried out boxes and a computer. president obama has now agreed to put the general's confirmation for that poston hold. >> while this matter is under investigation and before the facts are determined, general commander will remain. >> reporter: general allen denies he's done anything wrong. tara merger. >> they had already named his replacement for afghanistan. they would like to confirm general joseph dunnford as soon as possible. >>> years after a strip club scandal involving the director. allen martin -- elissa harrington is in the news room. >> we learned
here. >> general allen says he did nothing wrong. however, the pentagon panetta spokesperson last night said this involves 20,000 to 30,000 documents. that's a lot of documents sent between two -- two years between jill kelley a civilian woman, and top general in afghanistan. doesn't that raise red flags? >> well this is from 2010 to 2012. so it covers a couple of years. they're not documents the way we consider documents. these are e-mails going back and forth. if you see the way people blackberry with their iphones and text back and forth, it's still a lot, but i think what they did is -- >> is it normal for jill kelley - in florida to have -- >> she isn't your average housewife in florida. erin moriarty will get into that later. she is a major figure around the central air force base mcdill air force base. >> and in washington as well. >> that, too. she's going fo visit petraeus in washington at the cia and petraeus is telling this to broadwell. and broadwell and he have just broken off. you can watch the wheels turning there. she's thinking did he throw me o
is postponed. the head of nato is still backing allen and defense secretary leon panetta speaking overnight in australia also offered some guarded support. >> no one should leap to any conclusions here. general allen is doing an excellent job at isaf, in leading those forces. he certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces and to continue the fight. but his nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are. >> reporter: that caution was he can owed at the white house. >> it's an accurate statement that president still has faith in general allen? >> he has faith in general aln, believes he is doing and has done an excellent job. >> yejay carney was peppered wi questions over shadowing the president's second term. >> he's not going to make a grand pronouncement or decisions about things based on two situations, two individual cases. >> reporter: meanwhile among the hundred hundreds of e-mails exchanged between general al sben kelley, investigators are focusing on one from several months ago. in it, allen told kelley he just received an anon
. the head of nato is backing allen and leon panetta also offered some guarded support. >> no one should leap to any conclusions here. general allen is doing an excellent job in leading those fors. he has my continued confidence to lead our forces and to continue the fight but his nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are. >> reporter: that caution was echoed at the white house. >> he has faith in general allen, believes he's doing and is doing an excellent job. >> reporter: james incarnate engineer was peppered with questions. >> he's not going to make a grand pronouncement or decisions about things based on, you know, two situations, two individual cases. >> reporter: among the hundreds of emails exchanged between general all lean kelly investigators are focusing on one from several months ago. in it allen told kelly he just received an anonymous e-mail which warned him to stay away from kelly. that e-mail came from paula broadwell. broadwell who had been out of sight since the scandal broke friday was spotted tuesday night preparing dinner a
this morning. literally announced mid flight to reporters traveling with defense secretary leon panetta to australia. >> on sunday, the federal bureau of investigation referred to the department of defense a matter involving general john allen, commander of the international security assistance force, in afghanistan. >> reporter: the allegations against general allen are said to involve messages written from 2010 to 2012 between the general and jill kelley, the same tampa socialite who received threatening e-mails from the lover of general david petraeus. when asked if the e-mails between allen and kelley were of a sexual nature, a senior defense official wouldn't be specific, but did say, "they are potentially inappropriate, and they bear looking into. the department is currently reviewing between 20,000 and 30,000 documents connected to this matter." allen, a married four-star marine general, took over from petraeus as the top american commander in afghanistan in july 2011. he told pentagon officials he's done nothing wrong. allen was in line to become supreme allied commander for eur
. and it was the c.i.a., under leon panetta, which ran the mission that killed bin laden. although the raid itself was carried out by the u.s. military. when petraeus took over, he omomised not to turn the c.i.a. into another military ryganization. >> i'm taking off the uniform that i've worn proudly for 37 years to do this job, i think, in the right way. >> pelley: at the start of the iraq war, petraeus asked the now eumous question "tell me how this ends." when he said that, he surely could not have imagined how his own career would end. k> pelley: david, thank you. barely three days after winning reelection, the president said today it is time to get back to work and job one is trying to work out a deal with republicans who control the house to cut the federal deficit by the end of the year to avoid that so-called fiscal cliff. >> i want to be clear: i'm not wedded to every detail of my plan. i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. omm committed to solving our fiscal challenges. but i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. i'm not going to ask students and seniors and middle-
be embarrassing. defense secretary leon panetta was asked about allen today. >> no one should leap to any conclusions here. general allen is doing an excellent job at i.s.a.f. in leading those forces. he certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces and to continue the fight. but his nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are, and we will. >> reporter: the e-mails between allen and kelly were discovered by the f.b.i. in the course of an investigation that uncovered the affair between david petraeus and paula broadwell. a search of broadwell's computer files turned up intimate e-mails with petraeus, and also revealed she may have mishandled some classified information that she'd collected for her book. but law enforcement officials say the investigation never uncovered a threat to national security. an f.b.i. director robert mueller, told congressional intelligence committee leaders today that was the primary reason they were not briefed on the investigation. the white house wasn't told until after the election. the president said
this morning, while on se rip in thailand, defense secretary leon panetta says he doesn't see the scandal wi >> i am not aware of any others his could be involved in this issue at the present time. >> r intellig enb muller briefed intelligence eaders, saying that broadwell, researching a book on petraeus, may have mishandled classified information. also on wednesday, broadwell's susp security clearances were canceled and macdill air force base in tampa revoked jill kelley's access to the base. looking into the e-mails kelley exchanged with general allen. officials officials say they contain be nothing of an explicit sexual nature but add the e-mails, if l naturelic, would be embarrassing. for his part, allen has privately denied any wrongdoing pokenas not spoken publicly. his attorney did release a ntatement on his behalf saying that he was fully cooperating he was with the investigations and that so the extent there are questions about certain communications by general allen, he shares a desire to resolve uestions stions as completely snd quickly as possible. >> can you explain what ibppen
defense secretary leon panetta said he doesn't see the scandal widening. >> i'm not aware of any others that could be involved in this issue at the present time. >> reporter: on capitol hill wednesday fbi director robert mueller briefed congressional intelligence leaders saying the fbi did find that broadwell who had been researching a book on petraeus may have mishandled classified information. also on wednesday the army suspended broadwell security clearances and the air force base rejected kelley's access to the base. officials have said emails between kelley and allen contain nothing of a sexual nature but could be embarrassing. allen has denied any wrongdoing and has not spoken publicly but his attorney did release a statement on his behalf saying he was fully cooperating with the investigations and to the kent there's certain questions on communication with general allen he plans to resolve those questions as quickly as possible. in an interview with charlie rose in washington on wednesday night the head of u.s. special operations, maintained high praise for his colleagues. >> my
panetta is ordering a review of ethics training for military officers. >>> it is 6:39 now. there is word that oil giant bp has agreed to pay billions in criminal penalties for the 2010 oil spill in the gulf of mexico. an anonymous source told the "associated press" two bp employees will face manslaughter charges. 11 people were killed in the explosion and the resulting oil leak causing long-term environmental damage to the gulf. a source said bp has agreed to plead guilty to on instruction for lying to congress about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured well. >>> superstorm sandy helped drive the number of people seeking unemployment benefits by 78,000 last week. it's the highest level now in some 18 months. today the president is going to new york's staten island to see some of the devastation from sandy. the president toured new jersey shortly after sandy hit but the mayor michael bloomberg asked the president to stay away from new york at the time saying that the president's visit would have taken up too many resources. >>> the dungeness crab season opens today but bring your
. now that this has all broken, secretary panetta has gone to the president and asked that his nomination be put on hold. they're still keeping him as the head of nato because they've got another confirmation hearing for allen's successor. but right now this has really thrown the whole plan of succession into a state of flux right now. >> chris lawrence live at the pentagon. thanks so much. >>> now to more on this woman, jill kelley, tampa mother of three, married to a cancer surgeon. together they hosted parties attended by military leaders, including david petraeus. this is kelley leaving her bay front mansion yesterday. even though the family lives in florida, a government source says kelley is known as a member of washington's social circuit. reporter jason lanning is with affiliate bay news 9. he is standing outside the kelley home. tell us what you can. >> the pressure is building here in tampa, carol, for jill kelley. at the moment, things are quoit outside of the kelley home. the family has been keeping a fairly low profile. if you can see in the back alley of this home
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